Thursday, 25 April 2019

What no Vases ?...Vibrant Vases alternative card

I dont know about you but I like to get my money worth from my stamp sets. I always look for versatility when I am purchasing and don't like a one trick pony. One super versatile stamp set is the Vibrant Vases. Let me tell you why this set is so super awesome.....

So the set in the second in the vases theme. The first is Varied Vases which was brought out accompanied by the vase builder punch, then came Vibrant vase. All the work together to create a huuuge combination of card possibilities. Mine is just one variation.

So I have not one vase her rather I used one of the flower bunch stamps to create a pretty dual border effect. I added Calypso coral and granny apple green to the stamp using my markers. Then added extra colour using my blender pens.

The die for the sentiment comes from stitched labels... my all time favourite ! Tiny iridescent flower sequins dotted about add a subtle sparkle to finish the card off. Simple but pretty.

I hope you enjoyed this pretty card and will have a closer look at some of your stamp sets to find alternative used for them.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Cellophane background technique for card making.

Okay I hold my hands up ..I am addicted to creating ink backgrounds! But..they are so much fun and you are guaranteed to get a unique card every time … let me share how.

So for this awesome look I used the cellophane technique...not new, not my idea. UK demos who attended Onstage in April were show this during a demonstration. I tried it as soon as I got home but first had to use foil and so my scrunchy foil technique was born. THEN I found the cling film/ cellophane so had to try again.

I have to say either foil or cellophane really gives the same effect. You can add a spritz of water too if you want a more smooshy diluted look. I was after strong colours so didn't add water. I love how this turned out.

I paired it up with Dragonfly dreams a stunning set with matching dies a must have which will never leave my collection even though it is retiring this time around. Dragon flies are a basic staple in my eyes and I see nothing to match it in the new catalogue.

So fancy getting inky ? Why not have a go yourself? I do have a fun step by step YouTube tutorial for you to follow so go grab a warm brew, get comfy and enjoy.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Fairies at the bottom of my garden...

Fairies just have a magical enchanting feeling around them and the whole notion of them just leaves me in awe. Imagine if they really do exist what fun. Today's card is titled Fairies at the bottom of my garden and isn't she pretty sat upon her toad stool.

Fairy celebration is a stunning stamp set from Stampin' Up! which will sadly leave us this time, it is being retired. I am so sad to see it leave I wanted to share it with you one last time.

I coloured her using water colour pencils and used Poppy Parade card and ribbon to make those colours pop. The pretty edge to the right is from delicate lace edgelits dies which is to carry over and really adds a special touch to the card.

I had great fun colouring this image I do find colouring calms my somewhat busy mind and find after I feel rested and able to focus on other things better. They do say colouring is a mindful hobby meaning it does calm the mind.

I hope you enjoyed this card today and will give it a try for yourself. You will find the products used listed below simply click the product photos to browse them in my on line store.

And go see if you have fairies at the bottom of your garden... just don't tell anyone what your looking for they might think you are bonkers ;)

Happy stamping xxx Amanda Product List

Monday, 22 April 2019

Last chance items my top ten picks

Check out MY top ten favourites from the last chance to buy list. These are all while stocks last so check them out. A full list of what is leaving can be viewed on my website. Also there is a Last Chance to Buy icon to the right of my blog simply click this to view the items.

happy shopping xxx Amanda